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on capitol hill and the white house. the program calls for deep budget cuts and new revenues. joel brown is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning. in this week's long battle over raising the debt limit, optimism has been hard to come by. that seemed to change yesterday, at least in the senate. we so you sam republicans, some democrats, some liberals, some conservatives negotiating a deal. >> it's time to get down to the business of actually solving this problem and i think we now are seeing the potential for a bipartisan consensus. >> reporter: president obama may invite congressional leaders back to the white house, now that there's a new bipartisan plan on the table, a group of senators known as the gang of six unveiled the proposal tuesday. it trims about $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade, with $500 billion cut immediately. the proposal also includes new tax revenues and cuts to medicare and med medicaid. the plan stands a better chance in a tea party backed measure in the house. the gang of six plan is gaining support in the
telling republican congressional leaders "don't call my bluff." joel brown is in washington with the latest. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning. by all accounts this was a tense session yesterday at the white house, both sides losing patience a bit. this was the longest white house session yet and still no progress to report. president obama will sit down with republicans again today, after a contentious meeting on wednesday. aides close to the debt ceiling negotiations say when house majority leader eric cantor pressed for a short term deal the president said "enough is enough. we have to be willing to compromise," and then ended the meeting. lawmakers have less than three weeks to get a deal done. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke says if the debt limit isn't raised by august 2nd -- >> there would have to be significant cuts in social security, medicare, military pay or some combination of those. >> reporter: but some republicans believe the obama administration is using scare tactics to pressure the gop. >> president obama, quit lying. you know darned well tha
are facing bipartisan resistance. joel brown is in washington with the latest. good morning, joel. >>> randall, good morning to you. house republicans went back to the bargaining table with the president yesterday lured by the fact that voters would like to blame them for a debt default. but this time it's democrats increasingly wary now that the white house will compromise too much in this last-ditch effort for a deal. the white house and gop leaders are denying rumors that a debt agreement is within reach. >> there is no deal, we're not close to a deal. >> reporter: still, behind closed doors thursday, president obama and house speaker john boehner were reportedly crafting a plan that would trim $3 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. after getting wind of the deal, congressional democrats were fuming angered to hear the proposal could include cuts to medicare and social security and tax revenue increases they have been demanding will be put off until next year. party leaders were so furious, president obama met with them at the white house late thursday for two hours
a compromise plan. joel brown is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning. after five meetings in five days, today democrat and republican leaders go back to their respective corners and take stock, more specifically count votes. the president wants to know by saturday what kind of deal can pass the house and the senate. president obama wants to know in the next 24 hours if a deficit deal is possible. no formal negotiations are scheduled but congressional leaders will talk to members of their own parties about the latest proposals, this after five straight days of meetings between republicans and democrats couldn't produce an agreement and both sides are blaming the other. >> i'm willing to compromise but what we haven't seen is any willingness on the part of some congressional leaders to budge an inch. >> the administration or democrat colleagues still are not serious about cutting spending. >> reporter: the stalemate in washington has wall street looking at possibly downgrading the u.s. government's credit and bond ratings, that's because if a dea
. the two sides have yet to agree on the size of a deal or what it will entail. joel brown is in washington with more. good morning. >> good morning to you. sunday night's session at the white house lasted about 75 minutes and we're told president obama used much of that time remaking his case for a bigger deal on the debt limit. this morning, though, still no agreement, except to keep talking. president obama plans to sit down with congressional leaders today and every day until a debt deal gets done. the sides met in a rare sunday night session but reportedly made very little progress, if any. the president once lawmakers to accept a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan but republicans rejecting all tax hikes associated with it, instead pushing for smaller $2 trillion measure. >> a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. we think it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> reporter: even some democrats are raising concerns about the president's plan especially cuts to medicare and other socia
down u.s. troops could help the insurgents. joel brown is in washington on that. happy fourth of july, good morning to you. >> happy independence day to you. they say this is a perception problem. the senators believe too many afghans see president obama's plan for a drawdown see this as a sign the u.s. is quitting on afghanistan. they say that perception is a dangerous one. key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: in kabul sunday, republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham called the strategy too risky and say it could put both american troops and the plan in jeopardy. the plan calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope that it will work out but it certainly deprives us of the necessary troops that we need for the second fighting season. >> the obama administration is standing by its plan saying successes on the ground especially the
girlfriend and daughter are also dead. >>> the space shuttle launch is supposed to happen friday, joel brown is the at space center, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. nasa says there's a 30% of launching "atlantis" this morning. the weather here yesterday was a mess and more storms are expected here later. this would be an historic final launch for nasa's pride and gold shuttle space program. >> launch teams are not working any issues right now. >> reporter: space shuttle "atlantis" is getting fueled up and ready to go. >> countdown has resumed. >> reporter: this morning nasa moved ahead with its final launch despite a bleak forecast. >> we do have a 70% of canceling launch due to the showers and thunderstorms we expect in the area. >> reporter: heavy rain pounded the region thursday in a lightning strike near the launch pad sparked concern before the engineers determined there was no damage. they will haul food and supplies to the international space station to keep it stocked through 2012. hundreds of thousands are expected to be here when "atlantis" takes off. some es
is expected to pass in the house, but it will essentially be dead on arrival in the senate. as joel brown says a bipartisan effort from senate leaders possibly could keep things afloat. >> reporter: the white house is not giving up on the massive deficit reduction deal. >> there's time to get something big done. the president made it clear he wants to do something substantial. >> reporter: with the default line 15 days away, president obama and loaders are scrambling to to cut the budget and work on taxes. a new plan will have a constitutional plan requiring a balanced budget. the proposal rules out any tax human beings, and they said it's dead on arrival. >> we need to accept the responsibility to do the job and lead. $there were no formal talks over the weekend, but behind the scenes, there's a bipartisan backup plan. >> reporter: the measure would allow president obama on his own to raise the debt ceiling in stages. there's not enough to satisfy most republicans. >> i think the mcconnell plan is more of washington not taking responsibility. >> reporter: the chairman, ben bernanke is urging
a compromise on raising the national debt ceiling that we have been hearing so much about. joel brown explains how democratic and republican leaders are now scrambling with that looming deadline. >>> reporter: the white house isn't giving up on a massive deficit reduction deal. >> there's still time to get something big done. the president has made it clear he wants to do something substantial. >> reporter: with the default deadline just 15 days way, president obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to slash government spending and raise the debt limit. tomorrow, the house is expected to vote on the republicans cut, cap and balance plan that calls for immediate cuts and aggressive cap on future spending and a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. senate democrats say the proposal, which rules out any tax hikes, is dead on arrival. >> we don't need an amendment. we basically need to accept the responsibility to do this job and to lead. >> reporter: there were no formal talks between president obama and congressional leaders over the weekend but behind the scenes, senate l
and teenagers are at no greater risk of brain cancer than noncell phone users. joel brown users. >> reporter: 11-year-old rebecca greenwald has a cell phone. >> i like to call my mom after activities, text my friends, see what they're doing. >> are her mother knew there could be a link between radiation and cell phone users but wasn't concerned. >> i'm one of those if everybody's using it, it's not bad. >> reporter: she was happy to hear the results of a new study that finds cell phone use does not increase the risk of brain cancer in children and teens. researchers in switzerland looks at hundreds of brain cancer patients and found they were not more likely to have been regular cell phone users but experts say the study only looks at childhood brain tumors and doesn't address the long-term impact of cell phone use. >> the question is, the child that begins using the cell phone at 7 or age 12, when they're 47, after four decades of using the cell phone, is there risk of developing brain cancer higher? >> reporter: there's speculation children may be more susceptible because their skulls are thin
disease. joel brown has all the details. >> reporter: saxophone player, calvin wanted to kick his 30 year smoking habit he tried chantix. >> it certainly made me not want to smoke, but eventually i relapsed once i was off the drug. >> reporter: millions of americans use it to stop smoking but a new study finds healthy smokers who use the drug have a 72% increased risk of heart attack or other serious heart problems. >> we quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiac disease not increase it. >> reporter: food and drug administration raised concerns about chantix for smokers with existing heart disease this study says healthy smokers are also at risk, pfizer strongly believes in chantix and disagrees with findings. >> cardiovascular events were infrequent, small number and similar. >> reporter: researchers admit the overall chances of heart problems are small but significant because of the drug's widespread use. >> one in 28 smokers would have a cardiac event. >> about 58% of persistent smokers die from smoking the question is the benefits of smoking outweigh risks of the drug. >> it carrying
are ready for tomorrow's final historic liftoff. but weather could be a problem. joel brown has the latest from the kennedy space center in florida. >> reporter: rain could delay the lift shove of space shuttle "atlantis." there is only a 30% chance it will launch tomorrow. >> the clouds have rolled in. we're starting to see some showers. >> reporter: when atlantis does blast off, it will be nasa's 135th and final shuttle mission. nasa predicts up to a million spectators. the family brought their grandkids over from louisiana to watch the historic launch. >> feel as though it is history being made. we wanted to give them a chance to see it. >> usually, shuttles fly with six or seven astronauts but atlantis only has a crew of four since this is the last mission, there's no back-up shuttle on stand-by for a possible rescue. in case of an emergency, a much smaller russian soyuz rocket would retrieve americans from the international space station. one astronaut at a time. the 30 year shuttle program has had success and tragedy. "discovery" delivered the hubble telescope to space and 36 shuttle
of contentious debate. joel brown is in washington with the latest. how bad could this situation get? >> reporter: if there is not a deal in the next four weeks the unimaginable will happen. the u.s. will default on its loans for the first time ever. so far there's no indication of any progress. yesterday the senate republican leader offered an invitation to the president, it was promptly rejected by the white house. >> the president wants to get working, wants us to get working. i can't think of a better way than to have him come right on over today. we're waiting. >> what the senator invited the president to do was to hear senate republicans restate their maximalist position. >> reporter: democrats insist any deficit cutting package include revenue increases. the democratic proposal calls for a limit on deductions for anyone making more than $200,000 a year, raising $290 billion over four years, the elimination of oil and gas loopholes good for $45 billion and the elimination of interest deductions for hedge funds another $20 billion. republicans say that plan is dead on arrival. >> congress is
issued a dire warning. so let's see how all this shakes out. we take you live to joel brown who is in washington with the latest. >> betty, good morning. short on time and high on frustration, senate republicans unveiled their debt limit plan b, while president obama was on the evening news last night spelling out the scary uncertainties as he sees it of a default. president obama is raising the stakes in the battle over the debt limit. >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. >> reporter: tuesday he told cbs anchor scott pelley tens of billions of dollars of social security, veterans and disability checks could be in jeopardy if lawmakers don't raise the debt limit by august 2nd. >> the way it gets resolved is if all of us make some compromises and take a balanced approach that finally deals with this debt and deficit in a serious way. >> reporter: both sides will meet again this afternoon but if the senate's top republican is any indication, a long-term fix may be unlikely. >> i have little question that as long as this pr
-american soldier admits planning a terrorist attack. joel brown reports. >> reporter: u.s. law enforcement sources tell cbs news that 21-year-old army private nasser abdo admits he was seeking retaliation for what he says the army did to him. they say he intended to attack the sprawling army post at ft. hood in texas. >> i'll just say that military personnel were a target of this suspect. >> reporter: in 2009 a shooting rampage at ft. hood left 13 dead and 30 others injured but on wednesday a suspicious clerk at this gun shop near the base may have been the difference in preventing another tragedy. the clerk tipped off police after abdo asked for advice on building explosives. he tried to buy weapons and six canisters of smokeless gun powder. >> the first red flag is when he asked kathy, "what is smokeless powder?" if you don't know what it is, why would you buy six pounds of it? >> reporter: police tracked abdo to this motel, not far from the army post. a search turned up weapons, ammunition and potential components for building a bomb. authorities arrested abdo just in time, they say. >> we woul
senator mccain saw no signs whatsoever the taliban is ready to talk peace. >> joel brown in washington thank you so much. >>> overseas, thailand elected its first ever female prime minister by a landslide, comes from a political family, her brother was once prime minister but ousted in a military coup in 2006. the country will go along with the election results. >>> peace activists plan to sail from greece today even though the greek government banned their ships from going to gaza. protests at the israeli embassy in athens. last year nine activists when israeli marines stormed a palestinian flotilla. >>> back in this country crews are trying to clean up an oil spill in montana. an exxon spill, 100 miles downstream. the company says about 42,000 gallons got into the river before the pipeline was shut down. >> most of the soiled area seems to be in the first five to ten miles. we find at this point very little soiling but there is still some pockets we will have to deal with beyond billings. >> before the spill the government issued warnings to exxon mobil about safety violations on the
. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, fading fast. joel brown >>> that clock is ticking for the country's debt ceiling and prospects of a deal seem to be fading fast. joel brown with new proposals lawmakers are talking about in lieu of a compromise. >>> reporter: president obama is raising the stakes in the battle over the debt limit. >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3 if we haven't resolved this issue. >> reporter: tuesday, he told cbs news anchor scott pelley that tens of billions of dollars in social security, veterans and disability checks could be in jeopardy if lawmakers don't raise the debt limit by august 2. >> the way it's going to get resolved is if all of us make some compromises and we take a balanced approach that finally deals with this debt and deficit in a serious way. >> reporter: both sides will meet again this afternoon. but if the senate's top republican is any indication, a long-term fix may be unlikely. >> i have little question that as long as this president is in the oval office, a real solution is probably unattainable. >> reporter: with a default deadline less than three week
, that an agreement will be reached, but timing is running out. joel brown is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, joel. >> reporter: good morning, betty. this will be the third straight day of debt limit negotiations at the white house. neither side seems to be budging, and many think now it's going to take some bold, fresh, new ideas to find a compromise. president obama wants lawmakers to return to the negotiating table with fresh ideas to tackle the deficit. he'll sit down with congressional leaders this afternoon, after failing to reach a compromise monday. >> it's not going to get easier. it's going to get harder. so, we might as well do it now. pull off the band aid. eat our peas. >> reporter: both sides agree on roughly $1.7 trillion of the $.4 trillion in proposed spending cuts but they're still at odds over raising taxes. >> it takes two to tango and they're not there yet. >> reporter: the president turned up the pressure monday, rejecting gop plans for a short-term measure. >> we don't manage our affairs in three-month increments. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner a
the debt ceiling. >> as joel brown reports, the clock is tick and democrats and republicans are losing patience. >> reporter: president obama will sit down with congress. aides close to the debt ceiling negotiations say when eric kantor pressed for a short-term deal, the president said enough is enough. we have to be willing to compromise. and then ended the meeting. >> lawmakers have less than three weeks to get a deal done. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke says if the debt limit isn't raised by august 5th -- >> there would have to be significant cut in medicare, military pay. >> but some republicans believe the obama administration is using scare tactics to pressure the g.o.p. >> president obama, quit lying. you know darn well that if it comes and goes, there's plenty of money to pay off our debt. >> some republicans are threatening to let the nation go into default if more spending cuts are needed but leaders within the g.o.p. think that plan could backfire. the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says the debt limit needs to be raised. he said a failure to do so would prob
are bracing for what's expected to be a make or break week in the debt ceiling talks. joel brown is in washington with the latest on that. joel, good morning to you. >> terrell good morning to you. this week the tea party is flexing its muscle on capitol hill. the newly empowered republican faction is putting its own deficit deal up for a vote in the house. it has little chance of passing but a defeat may help convince them that it's time to compromise. the white house isn't giving up on a massive deficit reduction deal. >> there's time to get something big done. the president's made it clear he wants to do something substantial. >> reporter: with the default deadline just 15 days away, president obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to slash government spending and raise the debt limit. tomorrow the house is expected to vote on the republican's so-called cut, cap and balance plan. it calls for immediate cuts and aggressive cap on future spending, and a constitutional amendment requiring a balance the budget. senate democrats say the proposal which rules out any tax hike
selling drugs will be available in a cheaper generic form. joel brown reports. >> hi, mr. tepper. nice to see you. >> 58-year-old ira tepper spends hundreds of dollars per year on lipitor, but says it's worth it to keep his health in check. >> if you look at my charts, everything is straight down the middle. >> reporter: there will soon be a cheaper option for tepper and millions of americans when drug patents expire in the coming months. >> a generic drug is in most cases essentially the same as the preexisting drug, so we expect that it would have the same chemical formulation and the same effects. >> reporter: generic drugs can cost 20% to 80% less than brand names. doctors hope lower prices will help more people get the treatment they need. >> because they might have been on a fixed income or they simply could not afford the monthly payments. >> reporter: the drugs going off patent include cholesterol fighter lipitor, the drug thinner plavix, lexapro, singulair, lovasa, and actoso. tepper suffered a stroke four and is not going to be quick to take chances. >> i would switch but hav
this morning or later, it's going to be the 135th and final launch for the shuttle program. joel brown has reaction. >>> reporter: >> they're not working any issues right now. >> reporter: space shuttle atlantis is fueled up and ready to go. >> countdown has resumed. >> reporter: this morning, nasa moved ahead with its final launch despite a bleak forecast. >> i wish i had better weather for you but we do have a 70% chance of cancerring the launch due to, -- canceling the launch due to weather. >> reporter: lightning strikes caused concern. engineers determined there was no damage. atlantis and four astronaut will haul food and other supplies to the international space station to keep it stocked through 2012. rain or shine, hundreds of thousands will be here, maybe close to a million, for the take-off. patsy cook came from georgia to catch the last glimpse of atlantis roaring into space. she has seen almost all of the apollo missions but this is her first shuttle ground. >> i had to hear the ground quake under me and hear the noise and boom. i'm not going to miss it. >> reporter: but for s
are not giving in. washington is divided over a debt limit deal. i'm joel brown, in washington. >> reporter: good morning, i'm live outside of city police head quarters. the investigators are trying to solve four weekend murders. we'll have the latest, just ahead. >>> it's the last day for the royal visit. where do the couple go? i'll have the story, coming up. >>> and no matter where you're going, you shouldn't run into too many problems just yet. >>> now, this is out on dvd. david foley joins us on. coffee with. we'll talk about that and the new series from wjz-13. it's debuting on cbs this fall. stay tuned. [ man ] did we get anything good? sweetie i think you need a little extra fiber in your diet. fiber makes me sad. oh common. i dare you to taste one hint of fiber in fiber one. oh, i'd be able to tell. why don't i just eat this bag? and how can you talk to me about fiber when you are eating a candybar. you enjoy that. i am. [ male announcer ] fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. a man can only try... and try...and try. i heard eating whole grain oats can help lower my cholesterol. it's gonn
this afternoon head of schedule. >> white house members return wednesday. joel brown has more. >> reporter: the senate may be cutting its holiday recess short but it is unclear how much work will get done. republicans and democrats remain at odds over how to raise the nation adebt limit. the biggest sticking point is taxes. >> the last thing employers need is further disincentives to not hire people. and that's what the higher taxes would mean. >> while the g.o.p. wants tax hikes off the table, democrats say they're needed to carve the $2.5 trillion out of the deficit republicans demand. >> democrats are calling for so- called revenue raisers including ending tax breaks for oil companies and corporations that send jobs overseas. democrats are also calling for the elimination of subsidies for corporate jet owners. congress has about four weeks before the treasury department says the government will start to default on its bills. with time running out and so much at stake, there's talk lawmakers could agree on a short term deal. a smaller compromise could keep the government running for anot
the president's plan for it. here's joel brown with the latest. >> reporter: key senators are raising doubts about the withdrawal plan. this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: they called the plan too risky. the plan, which the president unveiled calls for pulls out 10,000 troops by the end of this year and 23,000 gone by next summer. >> i hope it will work out. it's certainly depriving us that we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: the obama administration is standing by the plans. especially, the killing of osama bin laden have made it possible. al-queda is under more pressure than since any time sense 9/11. >> reporter: stilling the deadly raid shows insurgents aren't willing to go quietly. >> if we don't succeed, we'll be attacked again. >> reporter: while the debate continues, american troops are carrying on with their mission and preparing to hand security back to the afghan people. the draw down will begin this month. in washington, joel brown, wjz, eyewitness news. >>> there are some serious questions about the infrastructure this morning.
plea for compromise. depends on who you talk to. >> joel brown, thank you. >>> sarah palin will announce whether she is running for president by late august. during a broadcast interview palin said she could support someone else but so far that candidate is not in the republican field. >> if there are those who are out there willing to serve with good executive experience who have that service heart and know not to be so obsessively partisan that they can't just do what's right for the people who have elected them then i would certainly find that person and support them to do all i can to be sure they defeat barack obama in 2012. i'm not wholly qualify department we have that filled set yet. >> palin thinks she could win against president obama. >>> a suspect is under arrest in the shocking murder of a young boy here in new york. funeral services were held yesterday for 8-year-old leiby kletzky. his murder shocked the close knit jewish orthodox community. on monday he was walking alone from his first day at day camp. he got lost and asked directions. the man he asked leemy
's deficit and raising that debt limit. as joel brown reports, they are back to the white house for the third day. >> reporter: president obama wants lawmakers to return to the negotiating table with fresh ideas to tackle the deficit. he will sit down with congressional leaders this afternoon after failing to reach a compromise monday. >> it's not going to get easier. it's going to get harder. so we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. eat our peas. >> reporter: both sides agree on roughly $1.7 trillion of the $2.4 trillion in proposed spending cuts but are still at odds over raising taxes. >> it tanks two to tango and they are not there yet. >> reporter: the president turned up the pressure rejecting gop plans for a short- term measure. >> we didn't manage our affairs in three-month increments. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner agrees the deal to raise the debt limit must be reached before next month but is not budging on tax hikes. he says they can't be part of the package. >> the american people will not accept and the house cannot pass a bill that raises taxes on job crea
of billions of dollars. >>> now, next up here on wjz. >> reporter: i'm joel brown in washington. republicans come up with the plan to keep the nation from defaulting on loans >> reporter: good morning, investigators are looking for a second kidnapper after an 8- year-old boy is found safe. we'll have the latest on the search, just ahead. >>> growing scandal at a popular rock climbing school. another coach has been arrested. >>> no delays on the roads just yet. we have police and fire activity. >>> the orioles start the second half of the season tomorrow a and the indians are coming to town. they need to step it up. former oriole great, rick dempsey joins us. he's in the tie business. we'll explain it after this. ,,,,,, [ female announcer ] they've been off limits to dieters since time began. not anymore. ♪ fiber one is bringing brownies back. at 90 calories, the only thing between you and chocolaty brownies is a nicely designed package. ♪ now you can have brownies again. new fiber one 90 calorie brownies. in the granola bar aisle. come here! somebody help! [ nail gun firing ] [ nails ric
the debt limit. >> joel brown has more on a new proposal from a group of senators called the gang of six. >> reporter: deficit negotiations could get a jump start as early as today. >> it is time to get down to the business of actually solving this problem and i think we now are seeing the potential for a bipartisan consensus. >> president obama may invite congressional leaders back to the white house. now that there's a new bipartisan plan on the table. a group of senators known as the gang of six unveiled the proposal tuesday. it trims about $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. with $500 billion cut immediately. the proposal also includes new tax revenues and cuts to medicare and medicaid. the plan stands a better chance than a tea party-backed measure in the house. lawmakers rammed that one through last night but both the senate and president obama have vow to the shoot it down. >> the gang of six plan is gaining support in the senate. several republicans think it could pass with the majority of 60 or 70 votes. >> there are so many things about this plan that will make s
hope for a bipartisan deficit reduction plan. i'm joel brown in washington, that's coming up. >> reporter: good morning, maryland prepares to bake under a summer sun. we'll tell you about a heat wave on the way and what you can do to prepare for it. >>> if you're heading out on the roads, we don't have delays, but we have other problems. we'll go down the list. >>> i'm in for marty bass. good morning, you heard kai talking about the heat, it's on its way. were we'll -- we'll have the forecast coming up. >>> the man behind "the social network" is going to be here. his latest book "sex on the moon" is coming up. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,, that's amazing. you know what else is amazing? how easy it is to save money on motorcycle, boat, or camper insurance with geico. geico, saving people money, on more than just car insurance. >>> it's 6:30 and in some places, we have humid haze. of course, we have sharon watching traffic and bernadette woods is in for marty bass. >>> good morning, once again, everyone. you see the thickness in the air. the temperatures are pretty high, als
. republicans and democrats remain divided on how to reduce the deficit and time is running out. joel brown reports from washington. >> reporter: president obama wants to know in the next 24 hours if a deal is possible. no formal negotiations are scheduled. but congressional leaders will talk to members of their own parties about the latest proposals. this after five straight days of meetings between republicans and democrats couldn't produce an agreement and both sides are blaming the other. >> i'm willing to compromise. but what we haven't seen is any willingness on the part of some congressional leaders to budge an inch. >> the administration our democrat colleagues still are not serious about cutting spending. >> reporter: the stalemate in washington has wall street looking at possibly downgrading the u.s. government's credit and bond rating because if a deal isn't reached soon the government may not be able to pay its bills on august 2. some economists believe that could lead to a financial crisis. >> we are running out of the time. the eyes of the world are on us. >> reporter: both si
of concern. nasa engineers determined the spaceship is a-ok. joel brown has more on the shuttle program which first took off in 1981. >> launch teams are not working issues right now. >> space shuttle "atlantis" is getting fueled up and ready to go. >> countdown has resumed. >> reporter: this morning, nasa moved ahead with its final launch despite a bleak forecast. >> i wish i had better weather for you but we'll have a 70% chance due to the showers and thunderstorms we expect in the area. >> heavy rain pounded the region thursday in a lightning strike near the launchpad sparked concern before they determined there was no damage. they'll haul food and supplies to the international space station to keep it stocked through 2012. >> rain or shine, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be here when atlantis finally takes off. some estimates put the crowd at close to a million. kathy cook came from georgia to catch the last glimpse of atlantis roaring into space. she's seen almost all of the apollo missions but this is her first shuttle launch. >> i want to feel the ground quake under me
prominent senators in afghanistan today. their plan to meet with the president there. joel brown tells us each of the senators is expressing concerns about the white house's plan to draw down the troops. >> reporter: key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry that this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: senators called the strategy too risky and said it could put both american troops and the mission in jeopardy. the plan which the president unveiled last month calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope it will work out, but it is certainly apprise us of the necessary troops we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: but the obama administration is standing by its plan saying successes on the ground especially the killing of osama bin laden have made it possible. >> al qaeda is under more pressure than at any time during 9/11. >> reporter: this deadly taliban raid shows insurge
limit before the time runs out. but joel brown reports, compromise between democrats and republicans is not coming easy. >> reporter: president obama plans to sit down with congressional leadersed to and every day until a debt deal gets done. the sides met in a rare sunday night session but reportedly made very little progress if any. the prá president wants lawmakers to accept a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. but republicans rejecting all tax hikes associated with it. instead, pushing for smaller $2 trillion measures. >> a big package will require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that is extraordinarily difficult. with 9.2% unemployment. we think it is a terrible idea. it is a job killer. >> reporter: even some democrats are raising concerns about the president's plan, especially cuts to medicare and other social services. >> he said we're not going to end the medicare guarantee. >> reporter: president obama scheduled a news conference for this morning. before he meets with lawmakers. he is expected to stress that a deal must be reached within the next
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